The car2go car-sharing program seems to be gaining traction in the United States after just a shade over a year since its introduction in Austin, Texas. Parent company Daimler is highly satisfied with the results, and has now decided to expand the coverage of the program and expand its fleet by adding another 100 vehicles.
Once the expansion is done, car2go will have 300 smart vehicles specifically designed for the car-sharing platform. The vehicle in question is the smart car2go edition, two-seaters that will have a new touchscreen-operated control unit, fresh telematics equipment and an improved UI. New variants will have a 100-watt solar roof that is integrated into the electronics on board the vehicle.
“We knew Austin was going to be a great city for car2go when we started receiving requests to expand our operating area the first week we launched,” said car2go CEO Nicholas Cole. “Today, we are excited to give our members what they’ve asked for by expanding our operating area to a total of 52 square miles and increasing our current network of vehicles.”